|Took a walk up a hill in the Mission District. Views overlooking SF.|
The past week was a blur. It seems like I just left my good friend George in San Fran (you were a tremendous host btw, thanks George)--yet here I am in Lampang and no Farangs (white people) in sight. It felt like freshman orientation at Wake, where certain questions were asked upon each and every introduction. You could almost guarantee "where are you from?" and "where are you placed?" Once I got past that phase I quickly realized that we were all very much alike. It takes a distinct type of person to pack their bags and move to the opposite side of the world. But even knowing this, it was fascinating how quickly we all made friends. I went from knowing zero people to having double-digit close friends scattered all across Thailand. By week's end we were all genuinely sad that we were leaving each other. The silver lining is that we now have places to visit with free lodging.
The majority of our day time was spent locked in hotel conference rooms where we were taught how to teach English and given some essential Thai language skills. It was actually much more enjoyable than I anticipated. Our TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher did a really good job of making it fun and informative--what more can you ask for. We would go out at night; either right around the hotel (which was well outside the center of Bangkok) or take a 20+ minute cab ride in. Easily the best moment in BKK was the 2-3 hours a few of us spent at the Sky Bar. We were on a patio area 64 floors up, with a view of the sun setting over the entire city. Staring at the red sky, I kept thinking how it was a strange mix of the Lion King and The Hangover 2.
|(Lion King intro)|
|Maybe I should've picked one where I wasn't sleeping|
|That little thing dragged us around|
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime